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Parents need to know that Adventure Force 5 is a family-friendly TV movie inspired by Walmart’s exclusive Adventure Force brand of toy dart guns. There are some suspenseful moments, as well as shooting of laser guns, play guns, and other unique tech gadgets, some of which are more destructive than others. It's also got brief scenes of bullying, martial arts defense moves, and mild bathroom humor. Single motherhood and fears of losing one’s parents are themes addressed, but are dealt with in constructive ways by the young characters. The film does promote the Adventure Force toys, and features objects that look similar to the toy guns sold in stores.
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What's the story?
The VUDU original film ADVENTURE FORCE 5 features a group of five tech-savvy kids ready to save the world. Against the wishes of Dr. Abel (Ernie Hudson), a swarm of creatures known as Terra Borgs are recklessly released from Takkara Corporation labs by a pompous tech prodigy with dark ambitions (played by Dylan Arnold). Soon after, young gamer Jack Zapata (Tate Birchmore) and his older brother Joey (Donald Bowen) discover that their mom Mia (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has disappeared along with the other adults from their beachside town. The boys join forces with skater girl Ollie (Lexee Davis), marshal arts expert Khalil (Kartik Ash), and Trevor (Marleik “Mar Mar” Walker), a creative inventor of gadgets, in order to rescue the community and save their loved ones.
Is it any good?
Inspired by Walmart’s exclusive Adventure Force dart blasters, this family-friendly movie tells a story that's both lighthearted and heartfelt. The diverse group of kids are clever enough to use their smarts, skills, and creative thinking to problem solve, strategize, and chase down the invaders (and their creator) without being old enough to drive a car. While the oddball gang isn’t perfect, they're good kids with good intentions, which makes them fun to root for. Best of all, what makes them misfits at school are what makes them the neighborhood superheroes you can’t help but be proud of. The fact that Adventure Force 5 is a promotional vehicle for the toys is inescapable, but it's still an entertainingly zany sci-fi adventure that tweens can enjoy.
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Families can talk about the different ways the team problem solves throughout their adventure. What kinds of things do they have do in order to save their town?
How does Adventure Force 5 incorporate toys from the brand into the story? What do you think about this approach?
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